Tura, Feb 4: Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP Chief Conrad K Sangma on Saturday reiterated that TMC is an outside party in Meghalaya and there was nothing ‘racial’ about it.
Speaking to reporters after filing his nomination papers in Tura for the upcoming Meghalaya Assembly polls, slated for February 27, Conrad said, “TMC is a party that is out of West Bengal and that’s a fact. There is nothing wrong with that.”
Conrad filed his nomination before the Returning Officer of 51-South Tura and Additional Deputy Commissioner, Saljong R Marak, at Tura.
Prior to the filing of is nomination, the NPP chief accompanied by his wife visited the grave of his late father and former CM, PA Sangma, in Tura, to seek his blessings.
Took the blessings of my late father, Sh. P A Sangma before filing for nomination as candidate to represent 51-South Tura Constituency today. Trust the people’s support to the NPP’s mission for Meghalaya.
Long Live NPP! pic.twitter.com/jluZb0cPtP
— Conrad K Sangma (@SangmaConrad) February 4, 2023
Replying to TMC leader Dr Mukul Sangma’s allegation that the NPP Chief is making racial comments, Conrad denied making any racial comments. He said, “I have said that it’s (TMC) an outsider party based on the analogy where Madam Mamata Banerjee herself has said in the last West Bengal elections that BJP and other national parties are outside parties. I have said that if the same yardstick is applied to Meghalaya, then with those yardsticks, which Mamata Banerjee has herself mentioned in her speech in elections, then TMC is an outside party. There is nothing racial about that comment.”
At the same time, he asked Mukul, who is contesting from two seats – Songsak and Tikrikilla, to worry about himself as his chances of winning from either seats are slim. He said people in Tikrikilla are already asking which seat Mukul will vacate in case he wins both.